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January 23, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST answers your questions about U.S. politics.

January 23, 2009

Q: Did Barack Obama's inauguration really cost 4 times as much as George Bush's 2005 inauguration?

A: Claims of a huge disparity are untrue. Actually, an apples-to-apples comparison shows that the two inaugurations likely cost about the same.

Q: Are states going to require serial numbers on bullets and require disposal of existing ammunition?

A: Such a proposal is being pushed by a company that holds a patent on bullet-coding technology. But none of the 31 bills introduced last year ever made it out of committee.

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